Update: I just heard someone on CNN accuse the PUMAs of starting the Birther nonsense. I don’t know where it started but it didn’t originate here. We were not the only PUMA site though and some of the others definitely went over to the Tea Party where birtherism was rampant. But not all PUMAs are the same. We were liberal Democrats in Exile who were not interested in the Tea Party or some ambiguous form of radical conservatism Fox News promotes
Back in 2008 when I started this blog, I invited many people to write posts. I didn’t have too many rules. I’m not an editor. But here were my guidelines: nothing racist, no rumors or innuendos that can’t be proven, avoid personal attacks. For instance, no blogs about how many vacations someone takes, stay away from attacks on physical appearance, children of the candidates, etc. Specifically, I didn’t want to demonize anyone.
We had a lot of traffic here in 2008 and many other blogs linked to us. Birthers did occasionally show up here.
We didn’t tolerate it. Ever.
I don’t know where they came from. Maybe it was NoQuarter, that’s my vague recollection. But wherever it was, we asked them to make like a neutrino and pass on thru. We weren’t interested.
There were plenty of good reasons to oppose Obama back then. His scorched earth tactics, inexperience and country club Republican appeal made us think he was the candidate most likely to continue the Bush years without dragging us into Depression, but just barely. Our predictions of his performance turned out to be pretty accurate.
But we had absolutely no doubt that he was born in Hawaii and met the constitutional requirements to run for president. We didn’t think he earned the nomination but he was legitimately elected president. That we never doubted.
We are not aware of Hillary Clinton’s campaign ever promoting birtherism and the limited interactions we had with her campaign were above reproach. We have no reason to believe she would ever start such a rumor.
Check our archive. Birtherism didn’t start here and we didn’t feed it.
As far as we know, it was a Trump production from the beginning.
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